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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose partner does Spunk seduce?

2. Who is clinging to Spunk in Chapter 2?

3. Who do Elijah and Walter see walking down the street in Chapter 1?

4. Who claims he was attacked from behind?

5. Who gave Lena the house she lives in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

2. What is the wake for Spunk like?

3. In what way does this story address justice?

4. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

5. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

6. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

7. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

8. From whose perspective is Chapter 3 told?

9. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

10. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character in Hurston's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 2

The title of Hurston's work, "Spunk," seems straightforward, yet it indicates a particular significance about one character. In your opinion, why does Hurston choose this particular title? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

Essay Topic 3

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

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